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Late-life high blood pressure may harm the brain, study says

Decades ago, hundreds of nuns and priests made an extraordinary decision: They agreed to donate their brains upon death to science, hoping to help solve mysteries about Alzheimer’s and other …


Minnesota researchers create Alzheimer’s detection device

University of Minnesota researchers have created new technology aimed at making it easier to detect the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.


Bill Gates gives $50 million to combat Alzheimer’s

The Microsoft co-founder said Monday that the donation to the Dementia Discovery Fund is personal and not through his charitable foundation.


Outside view: New studies provide clues to onset of dementia

The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. While researchers haven’t yet found a way to prevent or cure dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, they’re making progress on how to catch …


PET scans show many Alzheimer’s patients may not actually have the disease

A significant portion of people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia who are taking medication for Alzheimer’s may not actually have the disease, according to interim results of a major …


Speech problems may be a clue to emerging Alzheimer’s disease

Your speech may, um, help reveal if you’re uh … developing thinking problems. More pauses, filler words and other verbal changes might be an early sign of mental decline, which …


U.S. could have twice as many Alzheimer’s cases, study suggests

Alzheimer’s disease begins years before mental deterioration is detected, suggests a new study that could result in doubling the estimated number of people with the neurodegenerative disease.


UPDATED: Fri., May 26, 2017, 9:20 p.m.

U.S. death rate from Alzheimer’s rose dramatically over 15 years. Why?

Death rates from Alzheimer’s climbed 55 percent from 1999 to 2014, CDC found, and the number of Americans afflicted is likely to rise rapidly in the coming years. About 5.5 …


UPDATED: Fri., April 21, 2017, 2:29 p.m.

Study links diet soda to higher risk of stroke, dementia

Americans trying to stay healthy have abandoned sugary drinks for diet drinks in droves over the past few decades on the theory that the latter is better than the former. …


Alzheimer’s patients needed for clinical trial

Spokane patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease can enter a second-phase clinical trial using a new drug treatment showing potential to slow progression of early-stages, said Neurim Pharmaceuticals.


Tiny fruit flies offer a few clues to sleep-related Alzheimer’s mysteries

Scientists have known that Alzheimer’s patients commonly experience disturbed sleep. WSU’s Jason Gerstner published a study this past summer in the Journal of Neuroscience Research that looked at the interaction …


Aging boomers, lack of funding for Alzheimer’s may lead to ‘major social and economic crisis’

The devastating impact of Alzheimer’s disease on his own mother – and on his father, who struggled to care for her – first prompted Gerry Richman to take a hard …


U.S. life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993

For the first time in more than two decades, life expectancy for Americans declined last year – a troubling development linked to a panoply of worsening health problems in the …


A power of attorney for health care document can help ease end of life

Simply telling the doctor to stop does not absolve them of their responsibility to treat the patient. And some juries may just find that not doing everything possible to prolong …


Lilly’s Alzheimer’s disease drug fails in final-stage trial

Eli Lilly & Co.’s experimental Alzheimer’s treatment failed to slow the progression of the neurodegenerative disease, yet another setback to drugmakers and researchers who continue to seek a way to …


Dementia rate declines, but aging America may halt the trend

New research documents another decline in dementia rates, but experts say the rising numbers of older Americans may halt that trend unless better ways are found to keep brains healthy.


Oregon orders woman spoon-fed despite advanced directive

Oregon officials are requiring a nursing facility to spoon-feed a woman despite her advance directive asking that measures not be taken to prolong her life.


Helping the caregivers: Training, consulting available to families of people with Alzheimer’s, dementia

Early onset Alzheimer’s, dementia companion caregivers


Dear Annie: Alzheimer’s looming for 65-year-old mother

Dear Annie: My grandfather had severe Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, it lasted for a while.


Ex-Los Angeles sheriff opts for trial in corruption case

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca withdrew his guilty plea Monday to lying about efforts to thwart an FBI investigation into abuses at the jails he ran, saying he …


Dr. Zorba Paster: End-of-life issues can be tricky to navigate

My mom died of Alzheimer’s back in 1981. You can imagine what it was like, but imagining is different from living through it.


Brain scans find protein a marker of Alzheimer’s decline

Scientists are peeking inside living brains to watch for the first time as a toxic duo of plaques and tangles interact to drive Alzheimer’s disease – and those tangles may …


Study finds physical activity lessens risk of Alzheimer’s

Physical activity boosts the volume of key parts of the brain used in cognitive functioning, according to new research findings that add to the literature suggesting such exertion is among …


Six simple ways to help keep your brain in shape

If you love crosswords and other word-centric puzzles and games, you’re in luck: Doing them regularly may strengthen memory and concentration, and help keep Alzheimer’s at bay.


Using sight and sound to trigger dementia patients’ memories

The old-fashioned rooms are in the dementia wing of the elder-care facility and serve an important function. They’re intended to make residents feel at home, help them retrieve memories and …


Studies show hope for Alzheimer’s treatments

PITTSBURGH – Alzheimer’s disease is one of the conditions that Americans are most afraid they will get, second only to cancer. Yet at least a generation of focused research has …


Judge OKs 65-year deal over NFL concussions; could cost $1B

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge has approved a plan to resolve thousands of NFL concussion lawsuits that could cost the league $1 billion over 65 years. The NFL expects …


Bennett House adult day center opens in Coeur d’Alene

Bob Nordby can play cribbage and tell stories for hours on end. And that’s exactly what he gets to do each day at The Bennett House, a new daytime care …


Washington not ready to handle Alzheimer’s increase

In the first decade of this century, the number of elderly Washington residents living with Alzheimer’s disease increased by one-third. That number is expected to balloon by a third again …


Alzheimer’s death rates outpace other illnesses

The illnesses that killed our parents and grandparents won’t kill as many of us in the future. Deaths from strokes, heart attacks and cancer declined significantly between 2000 and 2010, …